Consolidated Fund and Consolidation Measures—and the Role of the Law Commissions
Their phonetic affinity notwithstanding, all that consolidated fund and consolidation bills have in common is that they stand apart from the mainstream of government legislation—a fact reflected in the special procedures laid down for their scrutiny. Both categories of measure are, in their different ways, important. Consolidated fund and appropriation bills are essential elements in the constitutionally hallowed process of supply whereby the House of Commons approves the annual estimates of central departmental expenditure, though the function of debate upon these bills has largely departed from its original financial purpose and now gives useful opportunities to backbenchers to initiate discussion upon matters of current concern. Consolidation bills are an important method of tidying the statute book and making statute law more coherent and intelligible to the user; the main proceedings relating to such bills take place in a joint committee rather than on the floors of the two houses.
KeywordsCountry Planning Government Legislation Statute Book Appropriation Bill Fund Fund
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